Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
That’s our first core value. Considering our denomination is the Christian and Missionary Alliance, it should come as no surprise that we place a lot of stock in fulfilling the Great Commission. But it’s not just up to missionaries serving in foreign lands to tell people about Christ. It’s the job of every single one of us to reach the lost.
A good place to start is to ask yourself who you think of as lost. Is is the drug addict scrounging up enough money for another hit? The teen mom wondering what the heck she’s going to do with a kid? The homeless man begging on the street corner? There’s no doubt that these people need God, but if that’s where your vision of lost people ends, you need to broaden your horizons.
Every single person ever born is lost in their sins. We need Jesus. The soccer mom who is so busy managing her family’s life she doesn’t have any time for God. The CEO who hasn’t set foot in a church since his mother died. The executive who grew up in an atheist home. Every single person is lost. Even the ones who look like they have their lives together.
Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of thinking that people only need God when their lives are falling apart. Colossians 1:17 tells us that Christ is what is holding the entire universe together. We need Him every second of every day, no matter what is going on in our lives.
And of course, no one gets into heaven without acknowledging Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus is very clear on that in John 14:6 – “No one gets to the Father except through me.”
No one. No exceptions. It doesn’t matter if you have your life together. It doesn’t matter if you raised good kids. Doesn’t matter you held down a good job. Doesn’t matter that you helped little old ladies cross the street. Without Jesus, you don’t get into heaven.
I’m not questioning the morality of your friends and family. I’m sure the majority of them, at least, are very good people. It doesn’t matter. Don’t let that stop you from telling them about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. They need to hear.
Without Jesus, all of us are lost.